Rivers and Streams
Rivers and streams are important biological, commercial, and recreational resources. They provide habitat for fish and wildlife, drinking water, and are important for transportation as well as recreation such as fishing and kayaking. Washington streams face challenges from toxics and bacteria from stormwater run-off and degradation from logging, development, climate change, and other sources. Monitoring rivers and streams is crucial for protecting habitat of salmon and other species and ensuring water and food security.
Water Quality Improvement Projects (TMDL) monitoring
Aquatic Plant and Lakes
Clean lakes are important to everyone who boats, swims, fishes, or simply enjoys the beauty of lakes. Lakes face many threats ranging from development of stormwater runoff to invasive species. Ecology monitored lakes for water quality from 1989 to 1999, but funding for the work was discontinued in 2000. The Environmental Assessment Program has been monitoring aquatic plant communities since 1991.
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